Nepal to promote Bhaktapur for Hindu pilgrimage

 

Kathmandu: The government is planning to promote Kedarnath Shir Doleshwar Mahadev temple located at Sipadol, Bhaktapur as one of the major pilgrimage for Hindu devotees, reports myrepublica.com.

Following the devastation of the Kedarnath Temple in India, the Indian government has already declared that pilgrimage to the holy site would be opened only after three years. In such a situation, the devotees can come to Doleshwar Mahadev Temple to worship, said Bharat Jangam.

“The head priest of Kedarnath Temple has asked us to conduct regular puja here in the same way the priests in India have been doing,” he added.

The temple conservation committee on Saturday offered special worship as per the norms followed in Kedarnath and the puja would be performed everyday just like in Haridwar, added Jangam, who is a member of the committee.

Attending the ceremony, Secretary Banskota said that government would allocate Rs 70 million for constructing dharmashala and other management facility to develop the place for religious tourism. Similarly, the master plan prepared earlier includes construction of bus-park, drinking water facility and electricity and telecommunication services. Similarly, the government also needs to establish a police unit to guarantee security for the visitors.

While millions of people, mainly Hindu devotees, visit the Pashupatinath Temple every year, public transport facility connecting Sipadol would make the place reachable to everyone, he added.

As per the Hindu mythology, the Pandavas took the pilgrimage to Haridwar to wash away their sins after killing all their relatives in the Mahabharata War. But Lord Shiva hiding from the Pandavas, took the form of bull. But the two Pandava brothers Nakul and Sahadev soon realized that the bull was Lord Shiva and started pulling his tail.

Then the bull´s head got separated and got flung away. Since then, the body part of the bull remained in Haridwar and its head was recovered in Bhaktapur.

The head priest of Kedarnath temple, Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bhimashankar Linga Shivacharya Mahaswami in August, 2009 had declared the idol inside the temple as the head part of Kedarnath. Since then, the temple got attention from the Hindus across the world, said Jangam.

The earlier research on origination of the holy place reveals that Malla King Bhupatindra Malla in 1629 BS first time renovated the temple that was built between 12th and 13th century.

Nepal temple will carry on Kedarnath prayers

Kathmandu: On a request from an Indian holy man, a Hindu shrine in Nepal has started prayers and rituals which were being carried out at Kedarnath temple in the Indian state of Uttarakhand before it was hurt in floods, an official said here. Secretary at Nepal’s Prime Minister Office, Krishna Hari Baskota, declared the resumption of the puja Saturday at Kedarnath Shir Doleshwar Mahadev, a temple built some 1,000 years ago and believed to be linked to the epic Mahabharata. “The head priest of Kedarnath questioned us to resume puja with same rituals and functio

Nepal\’s own Kedarnath awaits facelift

 

NIRJANA SHARMA
BHAKTAPUR, July 11: It was twelve years ago when Bal Hari Chalise first visited the Kedarnath Doleshwar Mahadev Temple in Sipadol. 
“Back then, the temple remained mostly deserted even though the main priest offered morning and evening prayers every day,” remembers Chalise, coordinator of the temple conservation committee.

Over the years, a handful of locals started visiting the temple regularly, said Chalise, a resident of Suryabinayak. It is said that after King Prithivi Narayan Shah conquered the valley, Thapas settled in Sipadol, while Newar communities lived in the area from ancient times. Likewise, Tamang community occupied the highlands surrounding the VDC. 

A laidback town for many years, Sipadol suddenly came to limelight in 2009 after the head priest of Kedarnath Temple Jagat Guru Bhimashankar Linga Shivacharya Mahaswami declared the idol inside the temple as the head part of the Kedarnath Temple in India. Since then the temple has received attention from Hindus across the world, says Advocate Bharat Jangam who is also the patron of the temple. 

The Jangam community settled in Taumadhi, Bhaktapur since Malla period was keen on searching the origin of the temple as the head priests of both Kedarnath temple in Haridwar and Doleshwar Mahedev here belonged to the same community.

Following the massive devastation in Kedarnath, the Indian government has already declared that pilgrimage to the holy site would be opened only after three years. “In such a situation, the devotees can come here instead,” he added. 

“The head priest of Kedarnath Temple has asked us to offer regular puja here in the same way they have been doing in India,” he added. 
The temple conservation committee last Saturday offered special prayers as per the norms followed in Kedarnath and the puja would be performed everyday now onward. 

Myth
As per the Hindu mythology, the Pandavas arrived in Haridwar to wash away their sins after killing all their relatives in the Mahabharata War. But Lord Shiva who was hiding from the Pandavas, took the form of bull. But two of the Pandava brothers, Nakul and Sahadev, soon realized that the bull was Lord Shiva and started pulling its tail. Then the bull´s head got separated and got flung away. 

As per this legend, the body of the bull remained in Haridwar but its head landed in Bhaktapur which was recovered 4000 years later. 
Malla King Bhupatindra Malla renovated the temple in 1629 BS that was built in between 12th and 13th century. Kedarnath is considered one of the 12 jyotirlingas of lord Shiva. The combination of both the temples of Haridwar and Sipadol is considered one jyotirlinga. 

Recovered Evidence
It is incredible to find something at the exact place as mentioned in ancient religious texts. But the research conducted for years concluded four years ago that the missing head was found in Sipadol. The Shiva Puran written by Vyas Maharishi stated that a voice from the sky was immediately heard right after the bull´s body was separated. “I will reside in the form of a bull´s body in Kedarnath and as its head in Nepalaya (Nepal),” states the religious text. 

The people involved in Kedarnath Temple management recovered several documents which proved that both the temples were managed under the same government of Gadwal in ancient time.

The Shiva Linga in Doleshwar Temple is one of the biggest idols of lord Shiva recovered in India and Nepal which most closely resembles to the bull´s head shape.

– The head priests of both the temples are selected from Jangam community.
– Both the head priests have common title “Linga” after their names. 

Master plan
The government first time paid attention to the place when the then Chief Secretary Madhav Ghimire came here two years ago. Realizing the religious importance of the temple, Ghimire immediately coordinated with other government offices for overall development. 

The initial research has shown that the temple was built in pagoda style as the stone sculpture of the King Bhupatindra Malla recovered from the temple premise mentions so. The earthquake in 1933 BS destroyed the real structure and a small temple was built later. 

However, the temple conservation committee is planning to revive it in its original pagoda style. The committee members roughly estimate that it would cost around Rs 120 million to renovate the temple. 

According to Jangam, Rs 15 million would be spent to rebuild the main temple, whereas an estimated cost of erecting four other temples in the premise is Rs 2.5 million each. The remaining amount would be spent for construction of dharmashala, water and sanitation facilities for the visitors, among others. 

Religious Tourist Destination
After the head priest of Kedarnath approved this temple as the head part of Kedarnath four years ago, the Indian tourists started visiting the site.
“Around 300 Indians visit the temple every month, which goes up during the month of Shrawan, and Shivaratri,” mentioned Chalise. 

Advocate Jangam mentioned that the appointment of Dr Govinda Tondon as the member secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust would help in the promotion of the Doleshwar Mahadev Temple as well.

“We feel Tondon is the right person for PADT, who will definitely promote this temple like Pashupatinath Temple,” added Jangam.
Similarly, 12 km road section that passes through Jagati-Sipadol-Kavre is also under construction. The Road Division Office, Bhaktapur aims to blacktop the road by October this year. The graveled road at present has also developed Sipadol VDC as hiking and cycling route for people. 

The Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister Kishna Hari Banskota has already expressed his commitment to initiate steps for the construction of a new public vehicle route from Gaushala to Sipadol that would increase the religious tourists to the site.

Govt to support development of Doleshwor

 

KATHMANDU: The government has expressed its commitment to provide support for the development of Sipadole-based Doleshwor Mahadev as a site for internal and religious tourism.

After regular pooja and other rituals were interrupted at the Kedarnath Temple in the Indian state of Uttarakhand following devastating floods in mid-June, a special pooja was performed at the Doleshwor Temple on Saturday. 

Lord Doleshwor is revered as the head of Lord Kedarnath, and Kedarnath is taken for one of the four holy sites for Hindus.

Interacting with the organisers of religious function today, Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Krishna Hari Baskota, pledged the support for the Doleshwor Temple. 

He pointed out a need for preparation of master plan for the development of the holy site and its adjoining areas as 

According to him, he has already drawn attention of the concerned authorities for road construction, drinking water supply, forest conservation and development of a concept of open zoo, and conservation and renovation of the archeological heritage in the area.

Believed to be constructed in 12 or 13th century, King Bhupatindra Malla had rennovated the temple in early 1570s (1629 B.S.).

Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashankarling Shivacharya, the chief priest of Kedarnath Temple, had declared Doleswor Mahadev the head of Kedarnath on August 22, 2009.

Kedarnath puja to resume at Doleshwor Mahadev Temple

 

BHAKTAPUR: The puja interrupted at the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand due to recent devastating floods there will resume at the Sipadol-based Doleshwor Mahadev Temple from Saturday. 

At a press conference that the Doleshwor Mahadev Protection and Development Committee had organised today, Bharat Mani Jangam, patron of the temple, said the puja interrupted due to the flood havoc at Kedarnath of Uttarakhand will resume at the Doleshwor temple from Saturday (July 6). 

Special puja at Doleshwor

 

KATHMANDU: The puja disrupted at the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand due to devastating floods resumed at the Sipadol-based Doleshwor Mahadev Temple from today. Doleshwor Mahadev Protection and Development Committee performed the special puja. Bharat Mani Jangam, patron of the temple, said the puja that got interrupted at Kedarnath due to the flood havoc resumed at Doleshwor with 35 Brahmins performing a special ritual. 

Committee members had obtained a permission from the Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashankarling Shivacharya of the Uttarkhand-based temple for this ritual. The puja is also dedicated to those, who have died or gone missing in the Uttarakhand floods. A Special Puja Coordination Committee has been constituted under the coordination of Acharya Pandit Krishna Prasad and Professor Devmani Bhattarai for the continuation of the puja at the Sipadole-based shrine, revered as the head of Shri Kedarnath. 

It should be noted that the Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashankarling Shivacharya, the head priest of Kedarpeeth, had declared the Doleswor Mahadev the head of Shri Kedarnath on August 22, 2009. 

Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple today to offer puja. Krishna Hari Baskota, secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister, also attended the puja and pledged to extend government support for overall development of the temple. 

During an interaction with the organisers, he said he has drawn the attention of authorities concerned towards renovation of the temple and the construction of a road, drinking water supply, protection of forest and disaster preparedness in the area.

Located at Sipadole in Bhaktapur, Doleshwor Mahadev is taken as the head of the Shri Kedarnath Temple. It should be noted that the Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashankarling Shivacharya, the head priest of Kedarpeeth, had declared that Doleswor Mahadev the head of Shri Kedarnath on August 22, 2009. This has also been inscribed at the Shipadole-based shrine.

On the occasion, Jangam informed that 35 Brahmins will perform a special puja to mark the continuation of the puja disrupted due to the recent disaster at Uttarakhand. 

“We will arrange one lakh puja materials for this. We have already obtained approval from the Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashankarling Shivacharya for this ritual,” he informed at the press meet. 

“The puja will also be dedicated to those, who have died or gone missing in the floods in Uttarakhand,” Jangam added. Kiran Thama, acting chairman of the committee, said a Special Puja Coordination Committee has been constituted under the coordination of Acharya Pandit Krishna Prasad and Professor Devmani Bhattarai for the continuation of the puja at the Sipadole-based shrine.

Nepal shrine pitches in with puja for devastated Kedarnath temple

 

Even as dispute continues over resuming ‘puja’ at the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand, rituals observed at the Indian temple began on Saturday at another temple close by here.

Doleshwar Mahadev temple in Bhaktapur is believed to contain the head of the bull-shaped Hindu deity “After puja got disrupted due to floods, we got a call from Bhim Shankarling Shivacharya, the head priest of Kedarnath, to start the same rituals here,” said Bharatmani Jangam, patron of Doleshwar temple.

All rituals observed during puja at Kedarnath were performed in Doleshwar, and organisers say they will continue them daily till puja resumes at Kedarnath.

Legend has it that the Pandavas, on their way to Kedarnath, pulled the tail of a bull — a shape Lord Shiva had taken to prevent their journey — and as a result, its head got separated and couldn’t be found.

The body of the bull is worshipped at Kedarnath. But four years ago, Shivacharya on a visit to Nepal, declared that the head of the bull was the idol worshipped at Doleshwar.

Since both the temples followed the same rituals, he declared Doleshwar shrine as the head of the sacred temple in India. “We followed the exact procedures followed at Kedarnath while beginning Saturday’s puja. The rituals will continue from now on,” said Bacchu Ram Jangam, chief priest of Doleshwar Mahadev.

Keeping the importance of the shrine and its potential to attract devotees in mind, the Nepal government has plans to develop the area.
“A master plan of NPR 38 crore (R23.75 crore) has been earmarked to improve infrastructure around the temple,” said Krishna Hari Baskota, secretary to the office of Nepal’s prime minister.

 

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